ULM can’t keep up with Western Kentucky

University of Louisiana-Monroe's Brayle Brown runs the ball against Western Kentucky in Monroe on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. (The News-Star, Dacia Idom)
University of Louisiana-Monroe's Brayle Brown runs the ball against Western Kentucky in Monroe on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. (The News-Star, Dacia Idom)

MONROE — Antonio Andrews ran for 155 yards on 27 carries and had two touchdowns to lead Western Kentucky to a 31-10 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday night.

Western Kentucky (4-2, 1-1 Sun Belt) scored on its first two possessions, with Brandon Doughty throwing a 33-yard scoring pass to Willie McNeal and a 17-yarder to Leon Allen.

Doughty was 24-of-36 for 370 yards, an FBS school record for Western Kentucky.

“Our guys have a lot of poise, and I think it showed up in the third and fourth quarter,” Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino said. “We were into it, and the defense got them stopped and settled down in the second half.”

ULM (2-4, 1-2) scored 10 straight after falling behind 14-10. Jyruss Edwards scored from 1 yard, and Justin Manton made a 34-yard field goal midway through the second.

The Hilltoppers put it out of reach in the third quarter, outscoring the Warhawks 10-0 on Andrews’ 6-yard touchdown run and Garrett Schwettman’s 22-yard field goal. Allen added a late 5-yard touchdown run.

“Offensively, we put some drives together,” Petrino said. “Our young receivers stepped up and made some plays. It was good to see.”

Andrews leads the nation with 882 rushing yards and nine rushing TDs.

“I don’t even think we are close where we need to be,” Petrino said. “We need to be able to expect to score every time we take the field. That is where I want to be on offense and we are not there yet. We are getting better, though. We are getting closer.”